Collegewide Dean of Education & Social Sciences (A01079)

Job description

Montgomery College is Maryland's premier community college, serving more than 60,000 students each year through credit and noncredit programs. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional education for all of our students, and we recognize that our faculty and staff are integral to our continued success. We give employees the environment, tools, and opportunities they need to make a difference.

Job Title
Collegewide Dean of Education & Social Sciences (A01079)

Job Description Summary
Montgomery College, located just north of Washington, D.C. in Maryland, invites nominations and applications for the position of Collegewide Dean of Education and Social Sciences, #A01079. On three campuses, at off-site locations and online, over 25,000 students are enrolled at Montgomery College in more than 130 programs of study. The College attributes its success to the strength of its academic programs, access for students in both the U.S. and internationally to career-relevant programs, and the dedication of its faculty members to effective learning and student success. Montgomery College is under the vibrant leadership of President Dr. DeRionne Pollard, who took over leadership in 2010, and who led the development of the College's current strategic plan, MC2020. The College was recently named a best community college by the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education report in 2014 named Montgomery College the tenth most diverse public two-year institution in the nation.

As a senior academic officer Collegewide for education and the social sciences, the instructional dean works collaboratively with his/her faculty and staff, the Vice President and Provost, and fellow deans across all three college campuses to achieve the College's academic and strategic goals. Further, s/he is expected to demonstrate collaboration and leadership across Montgomery College and the State with community stakeholders to foster and expand career-relevant academic pathways, enhance educational opportunities, deepen and expand educational and social science-related community partnerships, and develop innovative educational approaches to increase student enrollment and success including alternative pathways to a teaching credential for non-credit and credit students, and increasing the College's programs for early and middle college. The Education and Social Sciences Collegewide dean is also responsible for creating a shared vision in the program/area and providing effective strategic leadership that advances the College's Strategic Plan, MC2020, the Academic Master Plan, including the six academic goals which are: Increase graduation, increase transfer, decrease time to degree, decrease cost of degree, align curricula with four-year institutions, and align curricula with the needs of business and industry.

Job Description

As an institutional leader and manager of education and social sciences programs, the dean needs to possess the skills necessary to continually enhance and expand the reach of these programs within the College, with sister community colleges, with MC's partner Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), four-year institutions, and with current and prospective donors. Further, the dean furthers support for the College's collegewide education and social sciences programs from donors, alumni, internal and external stakeholders, including non-profit and for-profit sectors, government and other educational and related organizations. The Education & Social Sciences Collegewide Dean builds coalitions and promotes outreach efforts that engage the College, its partners, and other stakeholders to anticipate and respond to county, state, national and international trends and issues in education and social sciences. The dean leads energetic efforts to secure partners in delivering educational programs, quality academic curricula, and cultivating development and fundraising opportunities with the public and private sectors in support of the College's students, programs, and events in education and social sciences fields.

In addition, the dean oversees the day-to-day administration of the collegewide education and social sciences areas, managing its capital, human, fiscal, and other critical resources. The ideal candidate for this position will be a visionary, transformative, inclusive, and deliberative leader with the ability to act as a catalyst for developing the education and social science alliances to foster student academic achievement, enhance the College's partnerships with MCPS and enhance partners' investment in a diverse community college in a major metropolitan area.

The College seeks an effective leader with a distinguished record of work in education and/or the social sciences, and administrative experience that evidences a strong commitment to excellence in education. Candidates must also be skilled in using data analytics to provide evidence-based decision-making and evidence of the ability to manage fiscal resources to maximize the benefit to students, faculty, and the community.

Required Qualifications:

The selected candidate will have a minimum of a master's degree in one of the disciplines in the education and social sciences or a closely related field. Further, s/he will have at least five years of experience as a department chair or equivalent administrative experience and progressively responsible managerial experience at the department level (e.g., department chair, associate dean, assistant dean, or equivalent academic administrator at the department, college, or organizational level, in order to lead the faculty, staff and students in the School of Education and the social sciences, the selected candidate should have knowledge of policies, procedures, operations, functions and services in a department or division related to education and social sciences in a college or university or a related for-profit, non-profit or relevant educational setting. The candidate must also demonstrate that s/he has prior academic administrative experience including curriculum development, faculty recruitment and development, business collaboration, community engagement, and budget management.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate would have a doctorate or terminal degree, preferably in one of the areas taught in education, social sciences or a closely related field. Demonstrated, prior success in fostering collaborations and strategic partnerships with public school systems, sister institutions, county-based non-profits and other academic organizations. The selected candidate should also have previous experience leading non-credit educational programs similar to Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers (ACET) or cohort-based program delivery comparable to CREATE (Culturally Responsive Educators Aspiring for Teaching Excellence). Demonstrated experience working with students with a similar demographic profile as Montgomery College, with demonstrated, successful student success outcomes, is also preferred). College teaching experience.

Full information about this opportunity can be viewed by going to and clicking "About MC", Career Opportunities "tab at the top of that home page.

Application and Nomination Process:

Applications should consist of a substantive and illustrative cover letter addressing the qualifications and desired attributes listed above and in the position profile, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of at least five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to Montgomery College Career Opportunities.

The position Collegewide Dean of Education and Social Sciences , #A01079, will remain open until filled, applications received by November 12, 2018 will be assured of full consideration.

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  • Online applications must be received by Monday, November 12, 2018 to receive full consideration
  • For consideration, you must: (optional)
    Include dates of employment in your application or attachment;

    Submit a cover letter along with an un-official copy of your transcripts from your highest degree earned.

As a condition of employment, the following are required at the time of hire:
  • Successful completion of a background check.
  • Eligible to work without visa sponsorship
  • Participation in a retirement plan.

Our benefits package includes: generous paid vacation, sick, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision, group legal benefits, professional development, retirement plan, educational assistance, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, wellness programming including onsite gyms, pools and classes.

For disability- related accommodations, please call 240-567-5353

or send an email to: [email protected]

Montgomery College is an academic institution committed to promoting

equal opportunity and fostering diversity among its student body, faculty, and staff.

Closing Date
Open Until Filled

Montgomery College is a tobacco-free and smoke-free workplace

For disability-related accommodations, please call 240-567-5353

or send an email to: [email protected]

Montgomery College is an academic institution committed to promoting

equal opportunity and fostering diversity among its student body, faculty, and staff.

About UsI am proud of the work of Montgomery College. It is a remarkable organization, focused on student excellence, equity, and inclusion. We are intentionally building a college that takes responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for all of our students.

I am committed to hiring faculty, staff, and employees who embrace this vision-and who reflect the diversity of our college community. Our students come to us from more than 160 countries, joining a student body that reflects a changing America, rich in cultural and geographic difference. We are proud of our diversity and our excellence in academic affairs, student affairs, operations, and community advancement.

I am looking for bold, innovative, and courageous faculty and staff to join the outstanding employees of Montgomery College. Are you uncompromising in your focus on student success? Are you rigorous in your attention to equitable outcomes for all students? Do you embrace data, technology, and innovation? Can you stretch to meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's students?

We are truly a unique college. For 70 years, Montgomery College has been on the leading edge, and we intend to stay there. We believe deeply in the mission of community colleges, and we are committed to empowering our students to change their lives and to enrich the life of the community. We hold ourselves accountable for the results.

If any of this resonates with you, I welcome your consideration of the employment announcement below. Make your move-and I look forward to working with you at Montgomery College.

Be well,

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

President, Montgomery College

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Posted: 10/30/2018
Application Due: 12/29/2018
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